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pteranodon

[tuh-ran-uh-don] /təˈræn əˌdɒn/
noun
1.
a flying reptile of the extinct order Pterosauria, from the Cretaceous Period, having a wingspread of about 25 feet (8 meters).
Origin of pteranodon
< New Latin, equivalent to pter- pter- + Greek anódōn toothless (see an-1, -odont)
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  • Whispers of the professor's pteranodon theory had passed about.

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  • "Or the death-bird, the pteranodon," returned Professor Bavenden quietly.

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  • About the spot where the pteranodon had fallen glittered little flashes of phosphorescence.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The pteranodon rose, sounding its raucous croak as if in mockery.

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  • At last, the pteranodon spread its huge brown pinions and took off.

  • However, I am merely defending the pteranodon's survival as an interesting possibility.

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  • Now, conceive the pteranodon to be on the cliff's edge, about to start upon its evening flight.

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  • "That the pteranodon still exists is by no means impossible," said Professor Ravenden.

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  • With another metallic cry, the pteranodon increased its speed in a wide, dropping curve.

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pteranodon in Science
pteranodon
  (tə-rān'ə-dŏn')   
Any of several very large, extinct flying reptiles (pterosaurs) of the genus Pteranodon of the Cretaceous Period. Pteranodon had a long pointed crest on its head, no teeth, a very short tail, and a wingspan upwards of 9 m (30 ft).
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